Top News Links: Wednesday, March 6

Hold that pen, Gov. Bentley

Court temporarily prevents Gov. Bentley from signing into law a bill to give parents tax credits for sending their children to private school, after the AEA challenged secrecy surrounding the bill's creation. —

HealthSouth records subpoenaed

Records from one of HealthSouth's hospitals in Florida have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Alabama-based rehab hospital operator reported, over concerns of improper or fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. — Reuters

Sequestration fall-out hits Dothan

On the eve of a major economic development announcement last week, one that would have brought new industry to the former Pemco site in Dothan, the so-far unidentified company shied away for fear sequestration would cut operations at the air traffic control tower, city officials say; now they're working with the state's senators to seek help. — Dothan Eagle

CSX-certified site drawing interest in Macon County

Just a day after CSX railroad certified a Macon County site as ready for industry, economic developers say they have had queries from five companies interested in moving in. — Montgomery Advertiser

Regions CEO tells shareholders to expect better days ahead

Telling shareholders that Regions Financial has been forced to “play defense” for several years, Regions CEO Grayson Hall said beginning this year the Birmingham-based bank's outlook should be brighter. —

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SterneAgee faces lawsuit by ousted CFO

The former CFO of Birmingham-based Sterne Agee Group has sued the investment firm and its CEO, saying they misused funds, fired him for saying so and then defamed him; Sterne Agee denies all the claims. —

Summit talks seafood sales

Representatives of Alabama's 10, 000-job seafood industry met in Mobile Monday and Tuesday, seeking ways to improve marketing and widen distribution of their product. — WPMI-TV 15

Decatur highlighted for attracting business

Site Selection magazine named Decatur among the best at attracting new business; Decatur was ranked 7th among cities under 200, 000 population in 2012, after topping the list in 2011. — Decatur Daily

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